November was another great month for new slot releases, with NetEnt, Playtech and Pragmatic Play all coming up with fun and innovative titles. Here are the top 10 slot games which we most enjoyed playing in the month of November.
In a world of high-variance slots where most spins are doomed to end in disappointment, it’s always refreshing to see a low-volatility game which you can play for fun and the chance for small, frequent wins. Playtech’s Shields of Rome fits this gap in the market perfectly. The design looks impressive and puts you at the heart of the battle, and appropriately enough, the Roman warrior is the highest paying symbol in the base game. There is a quite interesting Wild Fire Spin feature, where on every 10th spin, all symbols marked with fire turn into wilds – this certainly gives you something to look forward to. The Great War Games feature is the main bonus round, as that is where the free spins come into play. Here you can choose between combinations of free spins and random wilds on each spin, which is a very nice touch. Best of all, you can buy this feature for 80 times your stake. Shields of Rome has a maximum win of just 320x your stake but is a super choice for a chilled out slot session.
Red Tiger Gaming’s Dynamite Riches is a wild-west themed slot centred around the world of gold prospectors. The rich dark colour scheme is the perfect backdrop, especially when those gold coins start to fall. Symbols include the typical gold miner paraphernalia such as shovels, helmets, and lanterns, with the miner himself representing the highest value, and various wilds to act as substitutes. The Gold Spins Bonus is triggered in the standard way and offers 8 free spins to start with although scatters can lead to more of these. While there is nothing ground-breaking in this game, the 5000x payouts and sublime design make Dynamite Riches the slot of choice for gold bugs.
NetEnt specialises in creating slot games themed around musical legends and have covered Motorhead, Jimi Hendrix and Guns n’ Roses in recent years. November saw the launch of the official Ozzy Osbourne slot, and it is a corker. The design harks back to Ozzy’s Satan-worshipping, bat-munching days with a selection of riffs such as Diary of a Madman thrown in. The game mechanics of the slot are quite interesting, with an optional bonus bet feature which allows you to increase the frequency of the free spins, as well as a 7X multiplier when those spins get triggered. This is a medium variance slot with a max payout of 10,000x a spin, so it should be a big draw for serious slot players as well as fans of Ozzy Osbourne.
Elk’s Ice Wolf is a 6-reel, 3-row slot game set in a snow-covered mountain range. We are not quite sure if this one is meant to have a Norse-theme – but the hammers and shields certainly suggest it does. Either way, it looks great, and the slot gameplay is rather interesting too. For starters, although the game starts off with 3 active rows, there are another 3 covered in ice just above them. Any win will melt the ice on the row above, uncovering more symbols, and potentially more wins. If you trigger the Ice Wolf symbol, a wolf pack will run across the reels, leaving behind a trail of wilds in their tracks. It’s always fun to see a developer try out something new, and these frozen rows are a lovely feature from Elk. Ice Wolf is highly volatile, with an RTP of 96.1% and a max payout of 2500x your stake. Is that going to be enough for everyone? Not really, but many will be drawn to that unique reel action.
This sweet bee-themed slot from Pragmatic Play has gorgeous graphics, a ton of base game features and a choice of free spins bonuses. The bee worker symbol acts as the wild and awards you 25 times your stake if you manage to spin 5 of a kind. Meanwhile, the random spin features are triggered by 3 bees which frequently appear out of nowhere. Pick one of them to reveal a random modifier – including the free spins feature. This free spin bonus round is really fun, as you can choose between 8 Sticky Streak free spins, or 5 Honey Queen Colossal Spins – where the biggest payouts tend to be found. That said, the max payout of 400x means Honey Honey Honey isn’t one for the big win hunters, but recreational slot fans will love the thrilling gameplay and stunning design.
Tower Tumble is a retro-style cluster slot from Relax Gaming which offers some decent payout potential, plus the chance to rescue the odd enchanted princess. The graphics are bright, fun and drawn in the cartoon-style, with the game taking place a fantastical forest setting. The grid itself is 6×6, but many of these symbols are hidden behind stone. To trigger the free spins, you need to destroy these stone covers, by activating the tumbling feature which occurs when you get successive wins. This is a really nice touch, as is the choice of free spin games depending on if you prefer a higher or lower variance.
Golden Tides is a beautifully designed mermaid-themed slot which draws you in with its underwater vibe and keeps you there with its intriguing gameplay. The free spins round is the highlight here, getting triggered by 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, which respectively award 10, 15 or 20 free spins. What is really nice is that you can then choose between bonus games, with the Golden Mermaid free spins being particularly well-paying. Golden Tides comes from the little-known 2by2 studio, but if the developer can keep up this high standard, they could become a bigger player in the slot world.
We haven’t seen a good pirate-themed slot in a while, but this Pirates of a Caribbean-inspired game from Kalamba certainly shivered our timbers. As the title suggests, this slot shows that piracy was not the exclusive preserve of men. In fact, there was a real-life Irish pirate named Anne Bony who tore up the Caribbean back in the 18th Century. We follow our gun-slinging heroine around the high seas as she tries to win us a share of lucky treasure. This slot certainly gives you plenty of chances to do so, with the Hyper Bet feature allowing you to increase locked multiplier wilds and the number of free spins on offer. The Hyper Bonus lets you buy the free spins feature if you so desire, while Caribbean Anne even comes with a series of jackpots, the highest of which is the Platinum jackpot with a value of 12500 coins.
You know what they say – you wait months for one great Pirate slot, and then two come along at the same time. Pixies vs Pirates pits the sea-faring bandits against miniaturised spirts, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. NoLimit City has produced a great looking slot, set on the deck of a pirate ship, with the symbols made up of pixies and pirates, with the red pirate and yellow pixie having the highest value. The bonus features include xNudge Wilds and an xWays Mystery Chest, while the Battle Rounds free spins allows you to choose between fighting on the side of the pixies and the pirates. Both offer decent payouts should they prove victorious, and in fact, the max win on the high variance Pixies vs Pirates is a thoroughly decent 11,000x.
Lastly, Thunderkick’s Riders of the Storm is a slot with 243 ways to win and has the potential to bag you 26,000x your stake. While Riders of the Storm doesn’t have jaw-dropping graphics, it looks decent enough, and the soundtrack is rather relaxing. But you are unlikely to doze off while playing this steampunk-themed slot, as there plenty of exciting features, such as wild symbols which multiply your wins, mystery wild reels and a chance to pick the variance of your free spins bonus. The lowest variance offers 15 free spins with wild multipliers of 2x your stake, the medium variance has 10 free spins with a multiplier of 3x, while the highest variance offers just 6 free spins with a 5x multiplier. I have a feeling that most of you will pick the highest setting, but it sure is nice to have the choice!
We loved the new batch of slot releases in November and look forward to seeing what the big developers have up their sleeve for the festive season. Which slots did you enjoy playing most in November?